Issues and Answers

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Too many corporations think about marketing to the 55 million strong Latino Market during Hispanic Heritage month or try on Cinco de Mayo.

However, these companies have put their money where their mouth is for Latino market. We'd like to call them our top "Three Amigos" aka The Three Caballeros 1944
AT&T “Between Two Worlds”
AT&T’s #BetweenTwoWorlds is the Hispanic movement in their expansive social media campaign #TheMobileMovement, which launched earlier this year. The company began the Hispanic operation in July 2014 as an opportunity to connect and engage bicultural Latinos, particularly digital-savvy millennials.
#BetweenTwoWorlds focuses on the lives of young acculturated Hispanics between their teens and mid-30s, who easily identify with both mainstream U.S. culture and their Latino background. Accompanying the #TheMobileMovement is a Tumblr page similarly featuring Spanglish posts. The two hashtags can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
http://www.att.com/global-search/search.jsp?App_ID=HOME&autoSuggest=FALSE&tabPressed=FALSE&q=spanish#!/All/

Dunkin Donuts “Dunkin' Latino”
As of June 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts launched its Latino Twitter page, looking to cater to the company’s Spanish speakers. Last year, Dunkin’ Donuts also claimed to be the first national coffee retailer to make its website, mobile, and Facebook platforms available in Spanish and English.
With the social media campaign launch, there was a brief sweepstakes. Fans could follow @DunkinLatino and use the hashtag #MiDunkinEsTuDunkin to enter a chance to win a $100 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card for themselves and a friend. The brand is now supporting their digital Hispanic movement with hashtags such as #MiDunkin and #DunkinLatino.
https://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/es.html

McDonald’s “Me Encanta”
Back in 2011, McDonald’s introduced its Spanish-language Twitter campaign. @MeEncanta is a Spanglish-based account used to interact with fans about promotional deals through music, sports and education.
McDonald’s Latino movement is currently engaging its online audience with its hashtag #MiMomento. The hashtag, however, has not seemed to catch on yet with many of the posts coming from unrelated tweets.
http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/promotions.html

http://youtu.be/8ZRuAWoYCzo

Life Imitating Art

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It has been said that life imitates art. A philosophical position that holds the direct opposite of Aristotelian mimesis. Its most notable proponent was Oscar Wilde, who in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life" https://prezi.com/lzfjdxdrtuum/the-decay-of-lying-a-close-reading-of-osc...

Everyday life is full of real news, not fake as we have been continually and repeatedly told. Just because someone won't admit they are wrong when they've made mistakes or does not like it when they are caught doing something unethical, or illegal and deny it claiming its fake news doesn't make it so.

Life is full of uplifting, and improbable tales. Some of which are athletic events which have a tendency of healing communities and countries devastated by heavy losses or reeling from a major political upheaval.

Some films are produced based-on-true-events, like the major motion picture "Invictus" https://youtu.be/wKlNQ2YVLck and there are so many other true-life stories celebrating the enduring ideal of an inspirational underdog.

However, for those who do not believe in miracles, allow me to show you the following real news documentaries. This will remind you of a day the cold war was fought between democracy and communism as it played out by our amazing hockey team. The American Eagle beat the Russian bear. It's considered by many to be the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. The Miracle on Ice occurred in 1980 when the USA beat Russia. America did it once and we will do it again. https://youtu.be/f-K-mm8Bqik

There are other unforgettable, heart-stopping moments in my own life, like when NY METS baseball star Mike Piazza’s slammed a monumental home run against Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium in 2001, as 40,000 disbelieving and amazed fans wept tears of joy just days after 9/11. Mike Piazza's post-9/11 homer helps NY heal https://youtu.be/hQhH6yZ8lxw This is when a sporting life is capable of awing and uniting all of us at the same time.

Most recently, when the Astros won the World Series of Baseball for the first time ever after a devastating hurricane hit Houston. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/astros/article/2005-Astros-share-...

The explanation why The NYC Marathon goes on as scheduled just days after another act of terror was carried out in NYC. Security ramps up in NYC ahead of marathon https://youtu.be/mMY_X_R5kNI

As George Bernard Shaw said 'If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience.' Do you remember which nation had their athletes disqualified for doping? Can we learn the lesson of The Olympics in Sochi that shows us Russians cheat and when they get caught, they will not admit it and will continue denying it?

New York Values?

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There has been much talk about "NY Values" during the political camp pain, but we are finally seeing and hearing that you can never tell what is going to come out of the mouth of a front runner besides hot air. Seriously?

Donald Trump flubs terror attacks on '7/11' @CNNPolitics http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/04/19/donald-trump-flubs-7-11-te...

Donald Trump confuses 9/11 with 7-Eleven while speaking about NY values. http://nyp.st/1Nyyv76 via @nypost

We Don't Need No Stinking... FSC

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We Don't Need No Stinking... Forensic Science Commission. The people require independent research.

Junked by the Justice Department as not necessary. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the discontinuance of the National Commission on Forensic Science. The group is an independent panel of experts chartered to raise evidentiary standards in criminal cases.

Sessions also announced the suspension of a review of FBI testimony about forensic techniques. An internal Justice Department review now will evaluate those techniques.

NBC: NO BODY CARES?

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Does anybody care that I Spy, which featured Bill Cosby and aired on NBC from 1965 to 1968 made Cosby famous? The program teamed Cosby with Robert Culp as international agents for the US Pentagon, which kept them busy chasing villains, spies and beautiful women.

I SPY TV SERIES https://youtu.be/C1lk1VM5bpI via @YouTube

Political Chickens?

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Thick as a brick and dumb as they come. TRUMPENANIETO. https://youtu.be/u9bk2MrMGaA https://youtu.be/5IpYOF4Hi6Q Shame on both of you. Qué Verguenza!

Trump announces surprise meeting with Mexican President @CNNPolitics http://cnn.it/2bYWFz7

Vicente Fox: 'I really apologize' for Trump's Mexico visit http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-mexico-visit-vicente-fox-227582

In political gamble, Trump to make surprising trip to Mexico http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article...

Divisible With Justice For Some

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Has a so-called leader of the free world who took an oath to be president for all the people kept his promise?

@POTUS is once again attacking the media and anyone who questions his lack of leadership and divisive actions.
By taking his words out of context, he defended his late response to a white supremacist-organized rally in Virginia which killed one and also promised to shut down our government to build a wall along with the US border. Last night he torched journalists, teased on Arizona Senators McCain, Flake and hinted he'll pardon racist convict Arpaio.

US FOREIGN POLICY?

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Afghanistan-Why did US announce a 30,000 troop surge to Afghanistan in 2009, only to say they’d be pulled out in 18 months, giving al-Qaida and the Taliban a mental stamina to last at least that long and to plan ahead. Afghanistan is awash in wasted aid programs and corruption. The Taliban is more ascendant in the country than any time since 2001. The Islamic State is increasing its presence, and the U.S. only recently razed a 30-square-mile al-Qaida training camp, which was one of the largest ever to be created.

Alternative Facts?

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Communism, capitalism, change and chaos all begin with C but they communicate different messages.

What does this have to do with alternative facts? Well, it is absurd that elected officials and their spokespersons insist on presenting unsubstantiated information as alternative facts when it is false government propaganda. Donald Trump rose to power on alternative facts, some of the most malignant in US history. Although he lost the popular vote, he was victorious with the count of US Electoral College.

It's not uncommon throughout history for governments to do what they can to control the message. Is that done in a benign way because they're trying to get more information to the public, or is it done with hidden motivations making sure one message is seen in the best light? As President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s first official week in office begins, we will just have to wait and see what develops. However, after a few days, we hear alternative fact that reality is whatever they say it is.

In the meantime, it suffices to say that the press reports the news, and editorials are the platform to share views. While many dictatorships began by attacking the media, not acknowledging the truth, and suppressing opposing points of view. These are all contrary to an independent press, which is crucial to any democracy. Please note that Afghanistan, Belarus, China, Cuba. North Korea, Russia are among nations that have a monopoly spewing government propaganda.

While I was teaching journalism in Indiana, then governor Mike Pence's who was considering a run for the White House gained attention for his efforts to establish a state-run news service alternative. He lost support for the idea but is apparently still interested.

However, another one of my previous employers, The Voice of America is a US government-run media which already exists within our federal government. VOA is funded with our tax dollars and VOA was only allowed to broadcast outside the USA, but that is no longer the case.

No one should be surprised The Trump-Pence administration is moving to outflank independent media. Trump's successful social media campaign as a political candidate and the expansive new, in-house operation to discredit independent media are aimed at bypassing news outlets and directly reach the public to circumvent the press.

This alternative information will be available ahead of any other news outlet and exclusive coverage should be an issue for grave concern. So is the administration's decision to turn news conferences into infomercials so they do not have to answer difficult questions.

Washington DC Follies

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You must be delusional if you really believe this is going to be a very happy new year. And it points all the way to King Lear, written by Shakespeare about a descent into madness after bequeathing to his kids based on their flattery of him, and thereby bringing tragic consequences for all. A man who prefers to use fear, but masters something more near and dear... GOLF?

This Week in Her and History

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This Week in History, Nov 23 - Nov 29

Nov 23, 1936
First issue of Life is published. On November 23, 1936, the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published, featuring a cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam by Margaret Bourke-White. Life actually had its start earlier in the 20th century as a different kind of magazine: a weekly humor publication, not unlike today's The New Yorker in its use of tart cartoons, humorous pieces and cultural reporting. When the original Life folded during the Great Depression, the influential American publisher Henry Luce bought the name and re-launched the magazine as a picture-based periodical on this day in 1936. By this time, Luce had already enjoyed great success as the publisher of Time, a weekly news magazine.

Nov 24, 1859
Origin of Species is published. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, a groundbreaking scientific work by British naturalist Charles Darwin, is published in England. Darwin's theory argued that organisms gradually evolve through a process he called "natural selection." In natural selection, organisms with genetic variations that suit their environment tend to propagate more descendants than organisms of the same species that lack the variation, thus influencing the overall genetic makeup of the species. Darwin, who was influenced by the work of French naturalist Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck and the English economist Thomas Mathus, acquired most of the evidence for his theory during a five-year surveying expedition aboard the HMS Beagle in the 1830s. Visiting such diverse places as the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand, Darwin acquired an intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geology of many lands. This information, along with his studies in variation and interbreeding after returning to England, proved invaluable in the development of his theory of organic evolution.